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1036  Media / General Games / Re: Catherine from Persona team on PS360 on: July 25, 2011, 04:10:43 AM
Edit: Sorry, repeated information. *sigh*
1037  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3 on: July 23, 2011, 01:12:56 PM
What's even sadder is I'd actually consider that an improvement over the "who has the bigger boobs" style topics that used to flood said forums.
1038  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3 on: July 23, 2011, 01:04:56 PM
Recently but only to access some old FAQs for FF8. I stopped caring about the forums years ago as they pretty much became a breeding ground for stupidity. Enough to the point where I'm not even inclined to look at any of them out of remote curiosity; and that's saying something considering some of the avatar-based forums I still peruse.
1039  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3 on: July 23, 2011, 12:59:45 PM

I'm also surprised Sony didn't rank higher. Modern brainwashing at its best, I suppose.

Or at the risk of metaphorically hitting someone below the belt I think the poll might have more to do with the fact that GFAQ's main user base is probably not old enough to have a credit card; and as such really didn't get effected by the PS3 incident aside from "Oh, server's down? Next form of entertainment plox."
1040  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1UP: Why the Golden Age of JRPGs is Over on: July 23, 2011, 12:48:39 PM
InfranView. Learn to love it. Resize pictures in less than 20 seconds and avoid page stretching. XD

And while "brown" isn't the word I would use from the shots you posted I think I can gather the general gist of why the aesthetic is disliked. It's very naturey and when compared to the colors used in most JRPGs the Witcher does seem to come off as sort of "muted". Not a bad thing mind you; more realistic and what not but some people (myself included) like the pop and flash of an unnatural color set compared to a more soothing one.
1041  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jRPGs and Turn Based Battles on: July 23, 2011, 10:44:51 AM
I've always hated the ATB because I like being able to plan ahead and select my commands without worrying that the enemy is about to pound away.

Err, did you never turn the "Wait" option on in the menus? I've never played an FF without doing that and that pretty much pauses the combat while you're selecting your moves. Pretty much giving you exactly what you just asked for.
1042  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: jRPGs and Turn Based Battles on: July 23, 2011, 09:00:58 AM
Turn based battles will always have a place. For an example of what I consider to be a "timeless" version of the TBS I can never say enough to look no further than Grandia's IP system. Why oh why more devs didn't pay attention to it I will never know. :-\
1043  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3 on: July 23, 2011, 07:27:30 AM
I wouldn't call it a "major cliffhanger"; more of a Gekko Ending. Really about the only things not covered in the game is Trigger being on the moon (but between Roll and Tron working on the problem that's pretty much practically resolved) and the reactivation of the Master System. But really that's no more a cliffhanger than ending a normal Megaman game by saying "And Wily escaped...again." Just means that if there's another game you'll be fighting another set of themed bosses.

Don't get me wrong; I love MML. But there was nothing really cliffhangery about the ending like some fans seem to make it out to be.

Wow, thats it? That is certainly underwhelming.

Honestly if you wanted to dig into it a bit you could come up with a rather lengthy list of unresolved questions unanswered between the two games. Like what exactly "is" the Elder system, what'll happen with the developed relationships between characters, standard stuff like that. Back when MML2 came out it probably actually did qualify as a rather decent cliffhanger; however seeing as how lazy the Japanese gaming and anime writing has become these days it's really no more of a cliffhanger than most of the stuff they crap out and either just fail to follow up on or the budget ran out.

Let me try think of a point of comparison...okay; got it (I think). Imagine if the Phoenix Wright series had ended at Justice For All instead of Trials and Tribulations. (Not the over all story mind you, just Phoenix's arc.) There might've been a decent list of questions about "what if" and "well what about what happened at X time period" and so on; but there wasn't exactly any dangling plot threads aside from (just in case)
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DeKiller getting away and never being caught.
Having a sequel wasn't exactly because the story "needed" it but rather there was still plenty of good story to be told and characters to develop. I look at MML3 in the same light.
1044  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3 on: July 23, 2011, 03:42:37 AM
I wouldn't call it a "major cliffhanger"; more of a Gekko Ending. Really about the only things not covered in the game is Trigger being on the moon (but between Roll and Tron working on the problem that's pretty much practically resolved) and the reactivation of the Master System. But really that's no more a cliffhanger than ending a normal Megaman game by saying "And Wily escaped...again." Just means that if there's another game you'll be fighting another set of themed bosses.

Don't get me wrong; I love MML. But there was nothing really cliffhangery about the ending like some fans seem to make it out to be.

Well okay, I'll admit that they could just leave it as that. Getting stranded in space while waiting for the girls to pick Megaman up isn't that big of a deal.

I suppose the mass Reaverbot activation thing could also be handled by Roll and Tron as well. So yeah, no big deal.


Eh, Tron possible. Roll...skip to about 1:00-1:07. If she's that dangerous behind the wheel of a slow moving van I wouldn't trust that girl within 100 yards of battle armor. XD

Then again this is the same girl who can simply send Trigger flying simply by running headlong into him and who can take a Reaverbot having a several hundred pound Reaverbot thrown in her face, having it explode upon impact, and only get the wind knocked out of her. (No footage found, MML2 thing if you really wanted to be cruel during an escort mission.)
1045  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you name some "modern fantasy" RPGs? on: July 23, 2011, 02:16:51 AM
And this abstract fusion of the "contemporary feel and the alien" you so call, I call it being too lazy to make other stuff up that might give the impression of a futuristic reality where the common sense is applied.
Why would you spend the budget to build trains that even go under water when you already have the technology to fly with spaceships around the world with an infinite amount of fuel in literally 15 seconds or less? And if by some unexplained reason there is other people using this means of transportation where are they? And where's all the traffic air?



To kind of interject on this point; I think you might be forgetting who had such technology and where it was located. The only city in the entire world in FF8 that had such technology was Esthar. A continent completely isolated from the rest of the world except for one trans-ocean railway that connected it's western coast with Galbadia's eastern with the city of Fisherman's Horizon making a neutral way point. Esthar itself is only reachable by passing through a very unfriendly ice field on foot and even then the entire city, actually the entire central to eastern half of the continent, is obscured by a massive cloaking field.

While they never say directly this pretty much indicates to me that Esthar is pretty much slightly xenophobic when it comes to sharing their technology and pretty much does everything in its power to keep the rest of the world from having it. So as for the "why": The rest of the world simply has no other option. There is no other technology available except for trains or boats; and from what I've seen trains are significantly faster so when you have the aide of things such as magic and mythical beasts to help you dig tunnels; why not?
1046  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Mega Man Legends 3 on: July 23, 2011, 12:57:18 AM
I wouldn't call it a "major cliffhanger"; more of a Gekko Ending. Really about the only things not covered in the game is Trigger being on the moon (but between Roll and Tron working on the problem that's pretty much practically resolved) and the reactivation of the Master System. But really that's no more a cliffhanger than ending a normal Megaman game by saying "And Wily escaped...again." Just means that if there's another game you'll be fighting another set of themed bosses.

Don't get me wrong; I love MML. But there was nothing really cliffhangery about the ending like some fans seem to make it out to be.
1047  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What do you think of Spoony's Final Fantasy Reviews? on: July 22, 2011, 05:13:37 AM
Personally I think he has his points but gets way too wound up in his stage persona to maintain a full level of credibility. The first review of his I watched in full was his vast series criticizing FFVIII. I pretty much knew he was to be taken with a grain of salt once he harped on how long it took to draw spells when his example was using Squall solo (even ignoring all the ways to bypass drawing it doesn't excuse the fact that you can just have one member be a dedicated drawer and continue through the game at a normal pace).

FFX I'm mostly with him on and FFX-2 I'll actually be cheering for him to go nuts; as I abhor that game with a passion myself.
1048  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1UP: Why the Golden Age of JRPGs is Over on: July 22, 2011, 04:54:35 AM
This whole thing about a disparity in maturity level between J and W is complete bullocks. The W version is just to innocuous for many to notice because you live in the culture it was created in. I'm getting really tired of people talking about Western games being mature when all most of them have done is pump up the nudity, sex, violence, and foul language.
JRPG humor involves comparing breast sizes to fruit, harem jokes, will-they-won't-they slip of the tongues, etc. QED, I win.

Objection!

While it may be true that said stereotypes exist within the boundaries of JRPG humor; there can be no doubt that WRPGs have their own brand of vile, immature, or outright tasteless humor that places it pretty much equal on the scale of annoyances.

Take that!
This is true.

But, my argument wasn't that WRPGs never have stupid and imature humor. My argument was that such bad humor is much more commonly found within JRPGs. Play a Tales game, a Final Fantasy game, hell, even some recent SMT games, they all have the sickening high school animu jokes that detract from the overall narrative. Now compare games like Mass Effect, Fallout, etc. where most jokes are pretty satirical and sarcastic in nature as opposed to the generic "oh that girl has big bouncy boobies, I wish I had big bouncy boobies, ufuuuuuuuuuu~ <3" Point being, such humor is much less commonly found in western made games unless they're pretty much all the game is riding on (see: Duke Nukem).

The closest I can recollect is the Sexbot joke from New Vegas and even then it was poking fun at the bartender's sexual fetishes instead of paying lip service (or tit service, as it were) to the fans.

Amusing (in a good way) that you should mention Mass Effect because after Eusis' post I went digging through Youtube for more examples of WRPG humor as I haven't nearly the exposure to the genre as I have JRPGs. For reference this is the video I found. While some of the humor in there is pretty decent there was plenty of things I personally (as humor is subjective) put on an equal pedestal to JRPG nonsense and are as equally prevalent in Western culture as a whole.

00:27:  "It's funny because guys are totally into weird and wacky porn because they're guys; even if the victim here is innocent".

01:30: Mentioning for the millionth time that cybernetic life forms always mention that humans are obsessed with sex, booze, and rock n' roll.

03:10: 9/11 parody humor. (Although the joke at the end saves the scene I'll admit)

07:32: Fat and/or decrepit guy think's he's all powerful.

8:58: Tough guy drinking himself into a concussion.

I would attempt to re-enforce this with examples from Fallout but alas presently my Youtube searches for "Fallout, humor, funny" keyword combinations seem to result in little more than people blowing NPC heads off, Super Mutant dialog, and game mods to make fart sounds out of explosions. XP
1049  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Can you name some "modern fantasy" RPGs? on: July 22, 2011, 04:16:55 AM
Honestly I have to kick myself for forgetting the Personas and Parasite Eve. >.<; Then again I haven't played then in years so...
1050  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: 1UP: Why the Golden Age of JRPGs is Over on: July 22, 2011, 04:07:46 AM
This whole thing about a disparity in maturity level between J and W is complete bullocks. The W version is just to innocuous for many to notice because you live in the culture it was created in. I'm getting really tired of people talking about Western games being mature when all most of them have done is pump up the nudity, sex, violence, and foul language.
JRPG humor involves comparing breast sizes to fruit, harem jokes, will-they-won't-they slip of the tongues, etc. QED, I win.

Objection!

While it may be true that said stereotypes exist within the boundaries of JRPG humor; there can be no doubt that WRPGs have their own brand of vile, immature, or outright tasteless humor that places it pretty much equal on the scale of annoyances.

Take that!
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